I have long been a fan of Sumi Ink Clubs, started in 2005, these clubs promote collaborative art making for all skill levels and ages. Their website, Sumi Ink Club, gives a broader view of the organization if you’re interested in learning more. As a first day of school activity, students explored and experimented with Sumi Ink. Sumi Ink is a opaque permanent black ink often used in Japanese Calligraphy. Using similar rules as the Sumi Ink Club students created, abiding by the following:
- Draw, doodle, experiment with brush strokes or even add to the work of others.
- Move around, draw in different areas.
- No name or words
- Draw slowly, make marks thoughtfully
- (And…please, please try not to spill any ink)
As a bonus, as students worked, they gained experience in brush handling and discovered how variations in line work affected the final product.